Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A Comparison of narrative techniques in “The Lottery” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

In this paper, the author compares and contrasts the narrative techniques in Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” to see how the authors have used narrative point of view to achieve their unique qualities.
“Poe’s choice of first-person narration lends a great ironic twist to the story: the narrator thinks that he is sane and that his view of reality is rational, but we readers see that he is a madman. The subjectivity of the narrative is never open to any other point of view but of the narrator. Had The Tell-Tale Heart been told from any other narrative point of view, had we heard the story from the police or from the neighbors who heard the shriek, the effect upon the reader would have been quite different. ”

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